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Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« on: September 19, 2018, 04:20:13 PM »
Did I hear that series 3 is on the way?

Can't wait!

I listen to BBC Radio 4 most of the time. I have done for a good 30 years.

Over the past few months I have increasingly re-tuned to BBC Radio2 or Local.

I appreciate that life is not a bed of roses and people have problems with disability, sexuality, relationships, race, mental health, drug addiction, prison, etc. I used to find that perhaps giving airtime to these subject matters broadened the mind, yes enrichened even, and was all part of the BBC self styled mission to inform, educate, entertain.

Lately however, I find I am thinking more and more "I don't want to listen to this" and turn the dial.

BBC Radio 4 seems to be backing itself into a depressing corner.

I wonder what John Reith might think. What do you think?

The Afternoon Play / Love (sic)
« on: May 30, 2018, 01:44:36 PM »
A repeat from last year. It is ok drama, but a bit embarrassing to listen to - in my opinion of course.

I could have done with more than a year to get over this one. I'm not sure given recent matters that this drama/play is entirely appropriate.

The Afternoon Play / Our Hylda
« on: May 28, 2018, 08:27:29 AM »
Repeated after less than a year. Why BBC? Why?

There are decades of Afternoon Plays to choose from if you have to do repeats.

On a positive note, this was an ok drama, and Alison Steadman in the lead role with Gary Brown producing/directing ensures quality.

As with 15 Minute Dramas, this series is repeated at 19:45

I suppose I am a bit slow, or perhaps my listening is sometimes interrupted in the morning or whatever, but I was so pleased to be able to catch the second playing today. There is a lot of information to take in, and the timing of the exchanges is perfection.

So another session of laughing out loudly, as some of the finer comedy points sunk in second time round.

I love this series.

Ahh...the 9th series of 'How Does That Make You Feel?
And this morning -  Episode 1  - was Richard Fallon MP.

It sneaks up on you this stuff, it was a few minutes in before I was laughing out loud. I think I've been on one of those dates you know. Well perhaps the description was so vivid that I just think I've been on one. Experiencing it, safe in my car (for that is where I was at 10:45 this morning) laughing away and grinning. Not sure what the other road users must have thought.

And as for the Strictly reference, well that sent my hysterics into over drive.

I wonder do those in the House of Commons listen to this. I am sure they do.

Repeated today 6th April 2018

School Drama

Wednesday 14th March 2018

First Broadcast
Wed 18 May 2016

When Last I Saw You

Tuesday 13th March 2018

First Broadcast: Mon 30 Nov 2015

The Afternoon Play / Rumpole on Trial
« on: February 22, 2018, 01:37:22 PM »
Rumpole on Trial

I like Rumpole. It would be churlish of me to complain that this is repeated from less than 2 years ago, but it is timeless stuff and Julian Rhind-Tutt does a good job as the more recent version of Rumpole.

The Afternoon Play / Re: How long before an Afternoon Play is repeated?
« on: January 30, 2018, 01:19:29 PM »
The Beard

First Broadcast: Thu 14 Sep 2017
Less than 5 months ago.

Well there's one thing about repeating a drama so soon after first broadcast, at least I can remember this one enough to know to tune straight into BBC Radio 2 Steve Wright in the Afternoon at 14:15.

I may even go local radio or go down the shops.

It begs the question again: what criteria does the BBC use as to when to re-broadcast a drama? Whatever it may be - topicality, convenience, writer/actor needs a bit more exposure/cash, or whatever...I would be interested to know.

Any suggestions?

The Afternoon Play / Re: Lost & Found
« on: December 19, 2017, 11:32:38 PM »
(Thread resurrection)

At long last I've discovered for myself Radio 4 Extra. And this little beaut was on tonight:

The opening words sum it up nicely: "A tender and humorous drama....." but of course it's more than that.

I'm not sure I listened to this properly the last time (see above). I don't think I could have. Certainly not properly. Anyway, I have just realised again why I don't have a TV in the house.

This link says it better than I ever could:

The Afternoon Play / Fat Little Thing
« on: October 23, 2017, 01:15:47 PM »

I don't watch TV but I know that Julie Hesmondhalgh is very popular there, and it seems on Radio 4 over exposure for her is no problem.

I'll listen to this one, yiu know, give it a chance, but somehow I don't think I'll hear anything over than an over exposed actress playing the usual character.

I hope I'll be posting back to apologise for my cynicism. We'll see,

Radio 4 / Re: Love In Recovery, comedy drama set in Alcoholics Anonymous
« on: August 05, 2017, 07:18:34 PM »
I'm not generally a fan of repeats, unless thay are very good. Love in Recovery ticks all the boxes of course.

I find myself sometimes seeing things from a slightly different point of view now. The emphasis is in another direction.

If I may, I'll explain once this series is complete. All very interesting though. Still funny, still sad, still heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time.

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